In this day and age, we are integrating technology into everything, but one thing that seems to just get smarter and smarter is traveling. From automated shuttles to car charging roads, it seems clear that people want smart technology in their cars. The problem being is that a lot of people are being ignored, such as those that ride bikes. This is where the Smart Windshield by Samsung hopes to help bikers catch up a little.
The Smart windshield is just a concept at this moment in time, but with the technology already there and a market prime for the picking we don’t see why interest in this product isn’t higher than it should be to turn it into a real product.
While other ideas for “smart” bike technology have resulted in heads-up displays (HUDs) being placed within the Helmet, Samsung is looking to put it on the bike. Using a small projector that displays a minimal view of what’s needed, the display is projected onto a small sheet of plastic at the front of the bike. The end result is a screen that can tell you the time, give you the next step in your directions or even alert you who’s phoning and texting you so you can pull over and take the message. With an app and wifi system used to communicate between your phone and the bike, it follows a setup that’s available in most GPS systems and even some cars directly.
Do you ride a bike? Would you use this and if so would you be willing to buy certain screens or are helmets betters places to these kinds of displays? Personally, if a phone pops up in front of my face every time someone called me, I might get distracted and freak out a little, so anything you can opt in to looking at seems like a good idea to me.
Mechanical wristwatches are seen as rather antiquated when you consider the development and ubiquitous use of both Smartphone’s and also the new breed of smartwatches. Who would want a timepiece that is able to tell the current time when these new gadgets are able to surf the Internet, keep track of your workout routine and also able to let you know the time in Australia. Luxury Swiss watchmaking company Azimuth is proving there is still a large market for expensive timepieces after unveiling a new watch at CES.
The watch in question goes by the name of the “SP-1 Crazy Rider” and is quite nifty when you consider it is able to convey the correct time within the 24-hour clock. A normal watch is as you know, designed for the 12-hour clock, the Azimuth watch takes its inspiration from a motorcycle drive chain. Below is an image to convey this new watch as well as a quick summary of the design behind this new product.
Inside the watch housing is a chain which is wrapped around two sprockets which turn in unison.
A watch hand is attached to the chain, it makes its way around the watch face indicating the hour
A more traditional watch hand in the centre of the watch indicates the minute.
As the time goes on, the hour hand is carried along by the chain while the minute hand appears to be linked to the chain.
I know what you thinking, you would like one of these, well, there might be a slight problem considering the watch is estimated to have an RRP price of $5,200 (£3,581.14), which is a lot. Still, the design is certainly creative and will have both consumer appeal and also a market within today’s watch aficionados. Would you buy one?
People pay a lot of money on things they like on the big screen. But fortunately, some of the things they buy are quire awesome. Take the bike from Tron: Legacy for example. Who wouldn’t want to own such an electrical-powered beauty? I would!
Disney’s Tron: Legacy had its debut back in 2010 and since then, there have been a few people interested in buying a replica of the light cycle. Parker Brother’s Custom Choppers are said to have sold 10 such replicas for a price tag of $55,000. Even so, it looks like others are still interested in buying more of them.
An auction held by father and son Paul and Chris Andrews that took place on the 2nd of May at RM Auctions Sotheby’s brought forth everything from model car engines to customized classic cars. Amongst them was another Tron: Legacy light cycle replica, which apparently found an owner willing to spend $77,000 on it.
The vehicle is said to run on a 96 volt electrical motor and comes with light features to recreate that Tron: Legacy look and feel of the real light cycle. Would you have bought something similar if you had the money? All I can say is this:
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Though 2010 sequel TRON: Legacy was hardly a storytelling triumph, it boasted some of the most impressive film visuals of this short century, including the immaculately designed lightcycles, and now you can buy your own… if you have a spare $40,000.
The car collecting Andrews Family is selling off a large chunk of its vehicle hoard, including a custom replica of the lightcycle, built especially for the family. It runs on a 96v direct-drive electric motor with lithium batteries, has a computer-controlled throttle, and a seat height of 28.5-inches. The bike is practically brand new, having only been ridden in the Andrews’ car museum.
The TRON lightcycle goes up for auction on 2nd May at Sotheby’s, and is expected to sell for between £25,000 and $40,000.
Now all you bikers can straddle your ride dressed like Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 with this officially licensed Halo motorcycle helmet. The limited edition Spartan Armor helmet – rumoured since last year after a partnership deal between NECA and 343 Industries – is made by US collectibles giant NECA and will be available in July this year.
From the NECA website:
Convenient modular design
ABS shell with matte UV-protective clear coat
Front air intakes reduce shield fogging; rear exhaust vents keep head cool and dry
Reflective shield with UV protection
Double D-ring nylon chin strap with snap secure
Contoured center pad with a design that allows heat to dissipate from the top of the scalp
Dual-layer EPS cheek pads for a firm, comfortable fit
Center pad and cheek pads are removable and washable
Soft, moisture-wicking material
Eyeglasses friendly interior
Meets or exceeds DOT standards (FMVSS 49 CFR 571.218)
Nylon drawstring helmet bag included
Available in S (55-56 cm), M (57-58 cm), L (59-60 cm), XL (61-62 cm)
Master Chief may be a virtual character from the Halo series, but he is owner to one of the coolest helmet designs in gaming history. With the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming later this year, I can think of a cooler way to show off your love for one of the most iconic shooters in video game history than this kick-ass helmet.
While only in sculpt prototype from at the moment, this Halo inspired motorcycle helmet looks freaking awesome. Not only because it will keep your head safe when you’re out for a ride, but it will also double up as a great bit of cosplay great.
The helmet is still in production, but the team behind it expect it will be release in 2015. If you could have a video game inspired bike helmet, what would it be? Personally I would go for Grey Fox’s mask from Metal Gear Solid.